Posts Tagged ‘tolerance’

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Holiday of Horrors: Halloween, Hate, and the (Dis)Honoring of Tradition

I used to love Halloween. As a child, I adored the dressing up as my favorite super heroine, rock star, animal, or – when I got a little older and fancier – donning some nice, natural looking fangs and biting on packets of fake blood. It was fun to watch as everyone around me toyed […]

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Equality For All But Atheists

A couple days before the historic People’s Climate March in New York City, I was approached on the street by a woman who was putting up fliers about the march and who asked me if I was planning on participating. (I live in Connecticut and NYC is a relatively quick train ride away.) I told […]

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When in Rome, Do as the Progressive Roman Jews Do

I was late to Rosh Hashanah services at Beth Hillel, Rome’s new progressive Jewish community. I meant to leave my apartment at 6pm but I scooted out the door by 6:45pm, realizing that the mistake would cost me 22 euros in cab fare. On the way up the Janiculum Hill I remarked how beautiful the […]

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Hospitality or Friendship ?

These days there is a lot of talk of hospitality in the field of theologies of religions.  Some time ago I presented a paper at the global congress The World’s Religions after September 11 on the concept of interfaith friendship as a bridge for peace.  As I read and reflect on the use of the term […]

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The Roman Jewish Vigil for Israel

In the Piazza della Rotunda of the Pantheon, at the heart of Rome, there was a rally in support of Israel held by the historic Roman Jewish community. Traces of trauma from World War II are here, scattered throughout the cobblestone streets in gold plaques marking former homes of Jews murdered over the tortuous last years […]

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An Open Letter to President Lindsay of Gordon College

This article was first published at “NEWSPEAK,” a blog for POLITICS, RELIGION, AND EDUCATION. The recent ruling from the Supreme Court pertaining to the Hobby Lobby challenge to specific forms of birth control has caused quite a stir. Therefore, I am compelled to write this after President Lindsay of Gordon College, my alma mater, provided his support to […]

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Why Are There So Many Secret Atheists?

Recently I attended a meeting for atheists and agnostics. The primary purpose of the group, as I understand it, is to function as a community of support. To start the meeting everyone was asked to introduce themselves by relating their religious history. Having just recently written about my how my religious history is unusual for […]

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Lessons from the Dojo #2: Moving Beyond Regret

See the first post here. Religion and guilt go hand in hand for many people. We often assume that true repentance and transformation can only be come from feelings of shame and remorse. But in my experience, guilt can all too easily become debilitating. It leads to stagnation and depression, not growth. In fact, lasting […]

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Absolute Truth & Emotional Risk in Interfaith Dialogue

Muslim interfaith activist Aamir Hussain recently posted an excellent piece regarding the challenges of interfaith dialogue. Hussain describes the challenges of maintaining focus on conversation goals, accepting differences without compromising beliefs, and avoiding proselytizing. I appreciated his strong statement that “it is perfectly acceptable for dialogue participants to claim that they have the absolute truth.” […]

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Unrateable Terrors

I help teach a university course on The Holocaust in Historical Context. It is, it should be, impossible to remain unaffected by immersive study of Western Antisemitism and how religious, economic, political, racial, nationalistic, and cultural trends intersected to culminate in the ghastly monstrosity of the Third Reich and its horrorhouse of moral inversions. The […]

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